A dozen archival institutions from across the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, including the Robert R. Newlen ’75 & John C. Bradford Special Collections at Bridgewater College, will exhibit unique collections that showcase Valley history during the Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair. The free event, hosted this year by Bridgewater College, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the lower level of the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons.
First held in 2019, the Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair is an annual event coordinated by local archivists that connects the regional community with Valley history. Styled as an expo, visitors will meet with representatives of regional collecting institutions and learn about unique primary sources that are preserved and shared by Shenandoah Valley archives. Archivists will share the scope of their collections and explain how to conduct research with the primary sources. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions regarding the availability of primary sources in their areas of interest and research.
“The mission of special collections is to collect, preserve and share our work with the community, so it’s always exciting to make connections to history with primary artifacts,” said Stephanie S. Gardner, Special Collections Librarian at Bridgewater College. “We are proud to host the Archives Fair this year in the Forrer Learning Commons and are looking forward to showing the community what exists in regional repositories.”
In addition to the Robert R. Newlen ’75 & John C. Bradford Special Collections at Bridgewater College, participating institutions include the Augusta County Historical Society, Clarke County Historical Association, George C. Marshall Foundation Library and Archives, Handley Regional Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, James Madison University Special Collections, Massanutten Regional Library, Rockingham County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Rocktown History, Shenandoah County Library’s Truban Archives, Shenandoah University Special Collections and the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Archives, Washington and Lee University Library Special Collections and the Waynesboro Public Library.
The Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair coincides with Virginia Archives Month. Celebrated during the month of October, Virginia Archives Month honors the institutions and individuals across the Commonwealth that help preserve and make accessible the important records of our actions as citizens, businesses and religious groups, and as a government and society.
AT A GLANCE
Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair
When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Newlen-Bradford Special Collections of the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons at Bridgewater College (located in the lower level)
Notes: This event is free and open to the public.